Apocalypse – from the Greek ‘apokálypsis’ - 'revealing, unveiling’
“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn't even have time to dry."
― Terry Pratchett
As the nights draw in and bonfire season approaches, join us for a slighter darker, chillier assembly than usual... Believe it or not we planned this assembly before the recent nuclear stand off!
What is the enduring appeal of stories about the end of the world? What does that ‘reveal’ about us? From the four horseman of the Bible to Walking Dead zombies, from the feminist dystopia of A Handmaid’s Tale to the murderous robots of Terminator, these stories horrify and fascinate in equal measure… and what with climate change, increasingly scary technological advances, and the rise of sabre rattling authoritarian leaders worldwide, fact and fiction aren’t so easy to distinguish these days!
Fear not, for self-confessed post-apocalyptic fiction junkie Sarah Pearson is here to take us on a tour of these stories via survival guides and cod psychology to argue that there is a silver lining to every mushroom cloud. By day Sarah works for education charity Unlocked Graduates, trying to persuade graduates to become prison officers.
That's not all...
+ Apocalyptic poetry reading with a live improvised musical backing.
+ Community member Richard M.Preston shares his experience of life as a zombie - yes, a zombie (in ‘zom-com’ cinema hit Shaun of the Dead).
+ The East End band and choir will lead us down the darker alleys of singalong pop - there will be thrills and there may well be some spills.
+ Add some tea, chat and community spirit! Apocalyptic fancy dress fiercely encouraged! Prizes await...
If the world ends on Sunday 8 October, you’ll be in excellent company - and remember, there's safety in numbers!
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